Cullman boys rally to knock off Walker
by Johnathan Bentley
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Walker’s Riley Graham (00) looks to get around Cullman’s Richard Donaldson, right, during their game at Songer Gym Friday night. Graham had six points in the Vikings’ 51-40 loss to the Bearcats. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
Walker’s Riley Graham (00) looks to get around Cullman’s Richard Donaldson, right, during their game at Songer Gym Friday night. Graham had six points in the Vikings’ 51-40 loss to the Bearcats. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
Walker built a halftime lead and watched it slip away in a 51-40 loss to rival Cullman Friday night at Songer Gym.

The Vikings led by five points at the half, but scored just 14 points over the final two quarters as Cullman picked up the win.

“We played hard and hustled, we just couldn’t get it in the hole,” Walker coach Scotty Ware said. “We played well in the first half. We guarded well and got a few baskets off our defense. In the second half we didn’t do as well. The intensity wasn’t quite there. Maybe the offensive struggles bled over to our defense.”

Walker took an 11-10 lead after the opening quarter following a 3-pointer at the buzzer by Treyvon Chatman.

Chatman struck again late in the first half with a driving basket at the 14-second mark for a 26-21 Walker led.

However, Cullman (4-2) took command of the game early in the third quarter, nearly doubling its score for a 40-35 lead heading into the fourth quarter. Walker (1-4) scored five points in the final period as the Bearcats pulled away for the victory.

“We couldn’t make a shot in the second half and they hit 3-pointers at crucial times. They kind of built a lead and once they got it, we were in the situation of playing catch up. We’ve got to have somebody step up on offense,” Ware added.

For Walker, Chatman scored nine points to lead the way, Michael Bridges added eight, Riley Graham had six and Kenyatta Woods put in five.

Cullman’s Lawson Schaffer led all scorers with 18 points.

Walker gets a week off before its next game, Friday, Dec. 7 at home against Hayden in the region opener for the Vikings.

Varsity Girls

Cullman 58, Walker 36

Walker’s offense had trouble getting on track from the start in a 22-point loss to Cullman Friday night.

The Vikings scored just five points in the opening quarter as Cullman built a 15-5 lead. The Bearcats never looked back from there, taking a 29-15 lead into the half and a 43-20 lead into the fourth quarter.

Walker nearly doubled its score in the fourth quarter, scoring 16 points, but it was too little too late.

Freshman Anna Claire Harris had her best game of the season in the loss, scoring 12 points. Madisyn Hood added nine points for Walker while Sidney Cooper put in six, Jazmine Lane added five and both Mary Kate Harrell and Shania Reed put in two.

JV Boys

Walker 58, Cullman 23

Four Walker players scored in double figures as the Vikings picked up a lop-sided win over Cullman on Friday.

Walker led 13-3 after the first quarter and 26-16 at the half. The Vikings took command in the third quarter, outscoring the Bearcats 25-3 for a 51-19 lead.

Marlon Oliver led Walker with 13 points, Ta’Ray Johnson and Aaron Morris each had 12 points and Adam Nation had 10 points.

JV Girls

Walker 44, Cullman 27

Walker improved to 6-0 on the season with a 44-27 win over Cullman on Friday.

The Vikings were led by Savannah McMillan with 15 points while Sarah McMillan added eight and both Carleigh Taylor and Bonnie Sanders put in seven.

Walker also won on Thursday, beating Tuscaloosa County 30-17. Sarah McMillan had 14 points in the game while Sanders added six.

Walker plays at Danville on Monday.

Varsity Boys

Meek 51, Addison 45

Meek’s Seth Hayes had 27 points and 13 rebounds as the Tigers built a big lead and held on to defeat Addison by six points Friday night.

Hayes was a perfect 7 of 7 from the free throw line as Meek improved to 2-0 in area play.

Meek led 13-7 after the opening quarter and 25-16 at the half. Addison cut the gap to 44-33 going into the final quarter.

For the Tigers (2-2 overall), Jentson Hiller had nine points and eight rebounds, Trenton Cockrell had seven points and Isaac Johnson put in five. Addison’s Zac Anders put in 13 points while Kaleb Estill had eight.

Meek plays at Oakman on Tuesday with the varsity girls starting at 4 p.m.

Varsity Girls

Meek 66, Addison 54

Meek earned its first win of the season on Friday, knocking off Addison by 12 points.

For the Tigers, Haylee Ragsdale led the way with 29 points. Rebekah Wolfe and Katie Weber each had 15 points for Meek (1-3). Meek, which led 30-24 at the half, hit 28 of 34 free throws in the win.

Varsity Boys

Sumiton Christian 62, Cordova 35

Sumiton Christian dominated the second half en route to a 62-35 win over the Blue Devils Friday night at Sumiton Christian.

The Eagles led 19-15 at the half, but outscored Cordova 43-20 over the final two quarters, including a 14-2 run in the fourth quarter.

Sumiton Christian (5-1) was led by DeMonte Hobbs’ 22 points. Cam Mercer added nine, Vann Lovelady had eight and Austin Clark, Mark Hill and Nathan Godwin each had seven points. For Cordova, Jamaal Cooper had 19 points.

Sumiton Christian plays at Lynn on Thursday.

Varsity Girls

Cordova 58, Sumiton Christian 25

Cordova held Sumiton Christian to six points in the second half as the Blue Devils picked up their fourth win of the season.

Cordova led 18-11 after the opening quarter and pushed its lead to 30-19 at the half. By the end of the third quarter, the Blue Devils held a commanding 50-24 advantage.

Alexis Cooper had 14 points for Cordova (4-1) while Hanna McLemore added nine, Kennedy Stracner had eight and Stevi Lyn Drummond had seven points and seven rebounds.

For the Eagles, Katlyn Sides had nine points and both Kendell Hamm and Collin Bowen added six.

Cordova hosts Winston County in the Devils’ area opener Tuesday.

Varsity Boys

Mortimer Jordan 69, Curry 52

Mortimer Jordan jumped out to an early lead and made it stand Friday night, handing Curry an 69-52 area loss Friday night at Morris.

The Blue Devils took a 26-10 lead after the first quarter and never looked back. Mortimer Jordan led 42-24 at the half and 60-36 going into the final quarter.

For Curry, Spencer Fikes and Wesley Key each had 12 points while Jarrod Owens and Alex Odom each had eight points and Jaxon Aaron put in six.

Three Mortimer Jordan players combined to score 40 points led by Ben Hardiman’s game-high 20 points. Both Mark Louis and Connor Moon added 10.

Curry plays at Dora on Tuesday.

Varsity Girls

Mortimer Jordan 36, Curry 20

Curry scored just even first-half points as Mortimer Jordan built a big lead and pulled away for a 36-20 win over the Yellow Jackets.

Mortimer Jordan led 13-6 after the opening quarter and 21-7 at the half.

For the Blue Devils, Megan Snow had 13 points and Sarah Rickles added 12. Curry got seven points from Mary Beth Scott and five from Ashlee Swindle.

Junior High Basketball

Parrish 56, Lupton 15

Parrish’s Isaac Chatman had 32 points, 18 rebounds, nine steals and eight blocks to lead the Tornadoes’ 8th-grade team to a home win over Lupton on Friday.

Chatman also threw down a fourth-quarter dunk as the Tornadoes improved to 7-2 on the season.

Also for Parrish, DeMarcus Tucker and Seth Crowe each had six points while both Justin Yancey and Christian Shanklin had five points.

Parrish also knocked off Oakman 38-24 on Thursday with Chatman recording 35 points, 19 rebounds, nine blocks and six steals. Jeremiah Madison had the other three points for the Tornadoes.